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Aug 15, 201412:22 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Scott Walker is governor and Wisconsin skies still not falling!

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Neanderthal Republicans have shifted the political tectonics so dramatically that the Badger State now shares a common border with burning Mississippi and its impoverished, barn-burning sharecroppers. That’s what our liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances are saying in this election year. Some may even believe it.

Democrats who make excuses for Obama and Doyle put Scott Walker to the lash for falling short of his ambitious job-creation pledge. Private-sector employers added a net 3,200 jobs in July, 117,000 since December 2010, figures released today show. (July’s 5.8% unemployment rate is a full point below a year ago year and remains below the national unemployment rate of 6.2%.)

Not good enough. We’re trailing Minnesota in the rate of job creation, our l-p-s acquaintances wail. Minnesota — does it just so happen? — is governed by The Good Guys. (Pay no attention to that job-hemorrhaging, nearly bankrupt state just south of Kenosha and Beloit, also run by The Good Guys — or, perhaps, by the Goodfellas.)

What they will not tell you is that personal income in Wisconsin is growing the fastest in its 12-state Midwest neighborhood (that being Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota). That is what the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s PolitiFact says.

When we looked at percentage income growth for both regions, Walker’s claim held up. Among those 12 states, Wisconsin’s 3.33 percent income growth led the way, topping Ohio (3.12 percent) and Illinois (3.08 percent.) Minnesota and Iowa were toward the low end at 1.6 percent and 1.13 percent, respectively.

Minnesota — on “the low end”? Hmm, the state does begin with the letter M. For extra credit, class: What other state between Alabama and Louisiana begins with the same letter?

Wisconsin was supposed to have impoverished the middle class as part of its War on Women by the crushing blow the Republicans delivered with the passage of the Act 10 reforms of government employee benefits, wherein public-sector workers were required to contribute 12% (up from 6%) to their health insurance benefits.


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Aug 15, 2014 12:42 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


what a bunch of bull.

you sure know how to spin.

I'd be proud of that.

bottom line is walker has not reached a pledge, that got him elected. period, no spin.

if I remember correctly he never ran on ACT 10, correct.

so how about spinning the truth once in a while.

Aug 15, 2014 02:56 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Keep spinning. I expect things on this blog to get downright bizarre if the race remains a dead heat headed into October. Like, next level craziness. Up will be down, cats will be dogs, Rodgers will be a Bear. Don't believe me? Mary Burke has already been targeted repeatedly on this blog for her good work in the community and at Trek, a gem of the state and a model for small business people to follow, all because she's got a D next to her name. Wisconsin's economy is not recovering as quickly as other states and this will not be reflected by the income number. Raise your hand if your private sector wage has increased beyond the rate of inflation since Walker took office. Blaska, your public pension doesn't count.

Aug 15, 2014 03:44 pm
 Posted by  Meade

And speaking of Politfact and Pew, David, don't forget that it turned out to be almost true when the governor said, "Our pension system is the only one in the country that’s 100 percent funded." Turns out it was slightly below 100%. How dare he?

Aug 15, 2014 04:13 pm
 Posted by  coolkevs

Cries of austerity from state employees show that they don't know what austerity really is. 87% of 1331 is a big chunk of change that taxpayers have to pick up.
Walker did a pretty small reform with Act 10 and it saved billions. Imagine the billions that could be given back to the people of Wisconsin if real reform happened in this state (channeling Steve Prestegard, Wisconsin taxes are way too high - 5th highest in the nation).

Aug 15, 2014 04:36 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


What you forgot to mention is the lower pay public servants get in WI compared, apples to apples, in other states and the private sector. Numerous studies have been done with similar results. And you need to compare total compensation, not just one part of it to make any reasonable judgement. But then those facts wouldn't look good to your fan base of 13.

Aug 15, 2014 06:20 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Too bad libbers don't hold their guys to their pledges. O-blame-O pledged to reduce the debt and deficit, get us out of Iraq, etc, etc. That worked well, didn't it? They even reelected the fool.

Dave, not B

Aug 15, 2014 08:34 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I'm tired of hearing about Obama.

Wisconsin isn't even a blip on his radar.

this is about our governor, you know, the one that should be working in our state trying to at least meet his electoral promise.

I'm tired of his lies and excuses.

let's just say he has done more harm than good for this state.

you'll notice it most when he is out of office and most likey blame it on some lib ??????


Aug 15, 2014 09:09 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

dave, not b:

So it's Obama's fault that walker can't meet his promise? Poor attempt at diversion...

Aug 16, 2014 08:24 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

As long as we're talking statistics on the economy, we should mention that Dear Leader Comrade Obama has liberated the American household from 23% of their earning power since assuming power. Clearly that eclipses the paltry by comparison effort of Scott Walker via Act 10.

Aug 16, 2014 08:50 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

The Progressive Nightmare:
Once Scott Walker handily defeats Mary Burke on Nov. 4, there is plenty of time for Team Walker to begin the run for the White House in 2016. And there isn't a single thing Progressives can do to prevent it from happening. They're too busy throwing Hillary Clinton under the bus in favor of confirmed moon-bat and faux Indian princess, Elizabeth Warren.

If Walker is nominated for the top spot at the 2016 national convention, he would most assuredly win. Two more years of President Caligula golfing his way into US history as the worst President ever will seal the deal for a Walker Renaissance that begins Jan. 20, 2017.

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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